WHY IS EARLY LEARNING IMPORTANT?
The period from birth to age 3 is a vital time for baby brain development. The brain learns through experience. Events in your baby's life trigger electrical impulses to the brain, establishing neural pathways. The more a pathway is used, the more established it becomes. Babies and young children have the unique ability to learn things effortlessly.
WHY USE FLASH CARDS WITH BABIES?
Flashing cards (at a speed of less than one second per card) is an effective method of teaching babies, for two reasons.
- Information presented at speed is more easily apprehended by the right hemisphere of the brain. Unlike left-brain memorization, which requires conscious, directed effort, right-brain learning is subconscious and effortless.
- Children, and especially babies, learn at an extremely rapid pace - much faster than adults. The way to keep a child's attention is to move quickly.
WHY IS MUSIC SO IMPORTANT?
Early exposure to musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development. Music ignites all areas of child development- intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. Songs and rhymes also helps strengthen memory skills.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL PLAY IN CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT?
Physical play includes activities that use physical movements to allow children to use their energy, and it gives children the chance to develop gross (large muscle movements) and fine (small movements) motor skills. Besides motor skills, the children develop independence, personal awareness, creativity and social and problem solving skills.
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF READING TO BABIES AND TODDLERS?
Reading early gives them a good start towards a lifelong love of reading and good literature. When you read, it helps language development as they are taking in information and beginning to learn about speech patterns, vocabulary and intonation. This is also good bonding time.
WHY HAVE SENSORY PLAY?
From birth to early childhood, children use their five senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. It’s an important part of early childhood development, and providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Sensory play is great method to use for calming an anxious or frustrated child.